Pasadena Horror Film Festival (PHFF) is a three-day International Horror Film Festival, which aims to celebrate Horror-Movies-Filmmakers-Fans & Fanatics alike.

Historically, the city of Pasadena, California is one of the most haunted places in Los Angeles and home of the infamous Suicide Bridge. In the movie, John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher "Halloween" was set in a fictional town in Illinois, but actually it was filmed in South Pasadena. According to Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA), Pasadena is loaded with folklore and unanswered mysteries—so we think it’s the perfect home to host a horror film festival.

Cinematically, the horror genre is manifested in many forms--from slasher to splatter, to supernatural or sci-fi, from paranormal to psychological, to mysteries, monsters and many more... PHFF's goal is to bring diversity to the horror genre by selecting the scariest, most frightening and viscerally heart-wrenching shorts and feature films from around the globe.

Film submissions will be viewed by a panel of judges that consist of directors, investors, professional actors and film critics. All films will be given equal consideration during the judging process. It doesn't matter the budget of the film, we want to see it!

Those filmmakers that are officially selected will enjoy multiple red carpet events, a filmmaker's mixer with guest speakers and an award show with a wicked after-party. Indulge in opportunities to meet the judges, network with investors, and share insights about your film to the press.

Submit your vision of horror to the Pasadena Horror Film Festival. We can't wait to check out your film and see what you have to add to the horror community!


We have close the festival this year in support of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike and the SAG-AFTRA actor strike. All entries will be refunded..See you next year!

Best Horror Feature
Best Horror Short
Best Death Scene
Best Scream (Man or Woman)
Best Horror Director
Best Lead (Actor or Actress)
Best Supporting (Actor or Actress)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Special Effects (FX, Makeup or CGI)
Best Sound Design
Audience Award!

All Nominees Will Receive:
- Nominee laurel
- A Pasadena Horror Film Festival shirt (Nominees who attend the festival).

The Winners Of Each Category Will Receive:
- A official winner laurel
- A very cool engraved plaque from the Pasadena Horror Film Festival.
- Winning films will be promoted on our website and all our social media.
- CASH AWARD - plaque and laurel for Audience Award!
- Randomly selected winning films will be picked to be interviewed by the press and reviewed by a established movie critic.

Please review the following agreements necessary to participate in Pasadena Horror Film Fest.

-You agree that you own the rights of your film.
-You agree that the submitted film will be in either English or have English subtitles.
-You agree that you will bear a nonrefundable entry fee.
-You agree that your submission is an original work.
-You agree to monitor FilmFreeway for the status of your submission.
-You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, sponsors, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your submission to the Pasadena Horror Film Fest.
-You agree to grant Pasadena Horror Film Fest the right to use the title, synopsis, poster, and trailer of your submission for advertisement purposes, including using of those materials on Pasadena Horror Film Fest's website and social medias.

Festival does NOT accept the following:
-Films which were made before 2016.

- You are 18 years or older.
- Submissions must be available to view through FilmFreeway's online screening interface.

Overall Rating
  • Brandon Jordan

    Amazing festival! Great people, and great experience. I loved being a part of this festival, and will definitely submit again in the future!

    October 2020
  • Great to be a part of this festival and it was run well for 2020 being a weird year. Recommend.

    October 2020
  • Glad to have been a part of the inaugural Pasadena horror film festival. Great collection of films to have played along with!

    October 2020
  • The Pasadena Horror Film Festival was a lot of fun and they did a fantastic job adapting to the online festival format! Can't wait for next year and to attend when festivals are in-person again!

    October 2020
  • Jeremy Weiss

    Honored to win Best Editing at the Pasadena Horror Film Festival! It’s a great festival and run by true fans of the genre. They had a great program and founder LP was very engaged and communicative. Overall an awesome experience!

    October 2020